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South From Alaska: Sailing to Australia with a baby for crew Paperback – May 17, 2014
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"A book that speaks to both sides of the brain simultaneously and without contradiction...prose so beautiful, and with such a dose of self-deprecating comic relief, that you yearn to be there with them." - Cruising World
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Mike Litzow and his family are currently heading for Patagonia on Galactic.
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1 - I wanted to read this book from the moment it was first published in Australia -- Mike's blog is one of my go-to weekly reads, and I already knew I loved his writing and stories -- so when it finally came out in Kindle format I was ECSTATIC.
2 - This story is inspirational but it's also *real*. Mike & Alisa are two tough cookies, and they deserve serious props for what they've accomplished with two small babes!
3 - I had to look up the definition of a few words (so I learned something!) but I also laughed out loud at Elias exclaiming "poop!"... I think a book that can simultaneously stretch your brain and make you laugh about poop deserves 5 stars :)
I would highly recommend 'South From Alaska' and I eagerly await 'East From New Zealand' :)
I truly enjoyed reading Mike Litzow's account of their crossing of the Pacific, particularly after my wife and I crossed the Atlantic on our own little boat last spring. I wholeheartedly subscribe to Mike's words"...I like to say that you could sail the world without my wife on board... but I wouldn't recommend it! ".
Mike's writing style makes for an easy read and his vivid description of what it's like to go sailing with a baby is outstanding. Mike writes with refreshing honesty and while he is very descriptive he doesn't sugar-coat the reality of what it's like to do what he and Alisa (his wife) have done.
This is a MUST read for:
- parents wondering how to travel by sailboat
- every wife that wants to know what it's really like to go sailing/cruising
- anybody planing to sail the Alaska -Mexico- Pacific crossing to Australia
- anybody preparing to go cruising (the fact that Mike doesn't sugar coat things means that you get real account of what to expect out there)
A complete emotional role coaster that leaves you searching for his next book (which I'm sure is not too far away) and wanting more.
Extremely well-written and fun to read. You'll find yourself wondering why you're not already on your own adventure!
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